swaddle

verb swad·dle \ ˈswä-dᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of swaddle

swaddled; swaddling play \ˈswäd-liŋ, ˈswä-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 a : to wrap (an infant) with swaddling clothes
b : envelop, swathe
  • legs swaddled in bandages
2 : restrain, restrict
  • marriage … swaddled him in a domesticity he came to loathe
  • —Nina Auerbach

Examples of swaddle in a Sentence

  1. He swaddled the baby in a blanket.

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Origin and Etymology of swaddle

Middle English swadelen, swathelen, probably alteration of swedelen, swethelen, from swethel swaddling band, from Old English; akin to Old English swathian to swathe


SWADDLE Defined for English Language Learners

swaddle

verb

Definition of swaddle for English Language Learners

  • : to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.



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